The University of Jos (UNIJOS) is set to host the 2016 of the Genetic Society of Nigeria from October 30 to November 2, 2016. Over 300 participants from various higher institutions in the country are being expected at the conference.
The Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC), Prof Timothy Namo, told journalists in Jos yesterday that the conference has as its theme: ‘Genetics: Agriculture and Medicine’.
Namo said that the university would be hosting the conference for the first time since the inception of the society.
“Conference of the Genetic Society of Nigeria is an annual event that brings researchers and scientists in crop and animal breeding to brainstorm on some looming issues affecting agricultural and medical sectors in the country.
“The participants are researchers from different institutions; so, the event will avail us the opportunity to compare notes and ascertain the challenges affecting the sector in the country.
According to the Chairman, the choice of the conference theme was appropriate owing to the present shift from oil to agriculture as major source of revenue for Nigeria.
He expressed optimism that the conference would also proffer solutions that would address the present recession through agriculture.